Mr. Ulysse Gets Schooled

Jude Ulysse is a diminutive man, standing at 5″4. He is shy, with rough hands, and tends to avert his gaze when in close proximity to you. As a high school teacher at Langstaff Secondary School, he teaches French Immersion. At the University of Toronto, he pursues a PhD in Caribbean Studies. His thesis focuses on Haitian Identity in Hollywood Cinema. In his spare time, he enjoys dancing salsa and zouk, and chatting on social media.

In August 1987, Jude Ulysse arrived in Canada from Haiti and settled in Brantford, Ontario before moving to Toronto where he now resides. As the descendent of slaves, Jude Ulysse has strong roots to his home country and reflects deeply on their experience, eventual emancipation and the unfair reparations imposed on them. He has dedicated both his graduate degrees to dismantling stereotypes about his people, and strengthening the identity of Haitians. His Masters thesis is on the perception of the French language, including Creole French amongst Haitians living in Canada.

Here is Jude Ulysse speaking about Haitians in popular cinema:


As a teacher, Jude has worked at Humbercrest Public School, an elementary school in Toronto and since 2004, works at Langstaff Secondary School in Richmond Hill. Using humour to teach, most of his reviews at Humbercrest indicate that he was popular, well-liked teacher and this is reflected in his overall above average rating of 4.48 (average rating in Ontario 4.16, and at Humbercrest 4.05) on the popular teacher rating site, Rate My Teacher.


His ratings among older children at Langstaff however, tell a different story. As of July 14, 2017, he holds a below average rating.

It’s been over 20 years since Jude Ulysse first became a teacher, and in that time technology has advanced dramatically. As a public servant, the expectations on behaviour for a teacher has not, however. Even on social media.


Mr. Jude Ulysse Gets Schooled on Appropriate Social Media Use

As a teacher in Ontario, Jude Ulysse is considered a trusted figure in the community. Literature on appropriate internet use for professionals, especially teachers is plentiful. Teachers have been reprimanded for their questionable behaviour as revealed through social media and other online communication.

Social media encourages casual dialogue, and as such, it is important to be aware that anything posted on the Internet can be permanent. When posting on the Internet, consider if the message is appropriate enough to be posted on a billboard off a busy highway. Assume everyone can and/or will see it.


Ontario College of Teacher’s Professional Advisory on Social Media and Online Communication

“This professional advisory is intended to provide a context for the responsible, professional use of electronic communication and social media by members of the College. For the purposes of this advisory, electronic communication and social media encompass software, applications (including those running on mobile devices), e-mail and web sites, which enable users to interact, create and exchange information online. Examples include, but are not limited to, sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, Wikipedia, Picasa and MySpace.”

“This professional advisory supports the College’s Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession and Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession. The standards, which were developed by members of the College and members of the public, guide and inform Ontario’s teaching practitioners. The ethical standards – in which care, trust, respect and integrity are the cornerstones – identify ethical responsibilities and commitments. “Members express their commitment to students’ well-being and learning through positive influence, professional judgment and empathy in practice,” the standards say in reference to care. Honesty, reliability and moral action are embodied in the ethical standard of integrity. The standards of practice guide the professional judgment and actions of the teaching profession.”

“Private vs. Professional There is a distinction between the professional and private life of a teacher. Practitioners are individuals with private lives, however, off-duty conduct matters. Sound judgment and due care should be exercised. Teaching is a public profession. Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that teachers’ off-duty conduct, even when not directly related to students, is relevant to their suitability to teach. Members should maintain a sense of professionalism at all times – in their personal and professional lives.”


Some behaviours that have warranted disciplinary measures include

  • Using technology to harass a student, colleague or others
  • Luring students and non-students via the Internet, as defined by the Criminal Code.

Minimizing the Risks: Advice to Members

  • Act professionally. Operate in all circumstances online as a professional – as you would in the community.
  • Consider whether any posting may reflect poorly on you, your school or the teaching profession.
  • Be aware of your employer’s applicable policies and programs regarding the use of social media/e-communications and Professional Advisory 7 the appropriate use of electronic equipment. Even if your employer has no applicable policy, it is your responsibility to exercise good judgment.

Questions to Ask Yourself While Posting Online

  • Is this picture or comment something I would be comfortable with my students, their parents/guardians, my supervisor, my family or the media seeing?
  • Would my peers or supervisors consider what I have posted as reasonable and professional?

Members should be able to answer this: How does my online presence – that which I control and that which is posted by others – reflect my professionalism, and how does it reflect on the teaching profession?

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